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With 102 million inhabitants, the Philippines is one of the largest countries in the world. More than half of its people are under 24 years of age. Because of poverty many children have to work. They are extra vulnerable to (sexual) exploitation and child trafficking. We offer children a safe place, education, medical help and legal support. We help arrest and prosecute perpetrators. We take action with governments and educate communities about children's rights.

Our work in the Philippines

Working to survive

Children have to work at a young age to help their families, or they are sexually exploited and sold like stuff. Sexual exploitation is a big problem - not only related to travel and tourism, but also online. We fight against child exploitation in the Philippines.

We offer children a safe place, education, medical help and legal support. We help arrest and prosecute perpetrators. We take action with governments and educate communities about children's rights.

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Child labor in the Philippines

More than 3.2 million children work in the Philippines. Barely ten percent of these children also go to school. This is a problem, since quality education and general access to it is a globally-recognized solution to poverty. 

Most of the children work in the informal sector. They are exploited as street vendors, domestic helpers or in agriculture. Children work long hours and are exposed to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They are forced to work, for example, in dangerous mines or even under water.

We fight against child labor in the Philippines. We work together with parties that also fight against child exploitation. These are often local organizations that know the children's environment well.

We also work with companies and the local government to improve the safety and education of children who work there. We are campaigning to make the disadvantages of child labor clear, so that fewer children are exploited.

Sexual exploitation

Sexual exploitation of children is a rapidly growing problem, not only in the travel and tourism industry but also online. 

We fight against (online) sexual exploitation through initiatives such as project Sweetie. We have actively tracked down perpetrators and worked closely with the police to arrest and convict them.

However, most importantly, we protect victims. We provide medical care and legal support to victims of sexual exploitation. We help them with education (so that they learn a trade), and offer them the opportunity to find other work.

We educate communities and help institutions to pay more attention to children. We urge the government to better comply with laws. Stop the exploitation of children in the Philippines. Join the fight.

Child trafficking and unsafe migration

Children from poor families are most likely to be exploited. They run a great risk of being traded. The estimated number of trafficked children ranges from 20,000 to 100,000.

Traders worldwide are gaining the trust of children and families with beautiful talk. They promise to offer a better life elsewhere. In the meantime they are being exploited.

Many of these children come from poor areas such as Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and the slums of large cities. They are forced to work. In the household, brothels, bars, factories, or on plantations. These children are also extremely vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

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Our partners in the Philippines

Together with experienced partners we are working towards a world without child exploitation, where young people can feel safe today and better about tomorrow. Join our fight.

SPARK! Philippines

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Terre des Hommes Netherlands Philippines Country Office
PSS Center, Commonwealth Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila, Philippines

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